Nicole Crowder Design Studio

Nicole Crowder Upholstery has a vision for a new era of upholstery and design. Help us open new doors to walk into that vision.

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Project Ends on September 1, 2019

Project Description

 

Meet Nicole Crowder Upholstery

 Nicole Crowder Upholstery is a Washington D.C-based modern furniture design and upholstery studio that creates custom and statement furniture

For the past 2 years it has been my joy to use an affinity for color and mixing prints to design furniture for clients ranging from hotels and restaurants, to embassies, to design studios, schools, homes and apartments.

As a black woman upholsterer I've had the unique opportunity to bring new energy and fresh designs to a traditionally older and male-dominated craft thanks to partnering with a diverse range of clientele across the DMV and neighboring cities who invite my vision to play and collaborate in their space.

With that growth, however, has come a need for a larger, more dedicated studio through which to continue producing current and new furniture products, and hosting my monthly upholstery workshops, in which to date I have taught more than 520 people introductory upholstery techniques since the workshops began nearly six years ago.

Current Nicole Crowder Upholstery Studio on Georgia Avenue, 2019. Photo by Erika Layne
Leilani Chair, Designed by Nicole Crowder for "The Fruit" Fall 2018 Collection

 

The Space Constraint

Nicole Crowder Upholstery started in a 300 square-foot dining room that I converted into a makeshift studio out of my apartment, and operated from for the first year and a half.

Working from 300 sq ft space in my apartment, 2018. Photo by Danielle Finney
Working from 300 sqft studio space in my apartment, 2018. Photo by Danielle Finney

In late December 2018 I received an opportunity to move into a larger 650 sq ft commercial studio space located on vibrant George Avenue in Northwest DC.  However, with that growth also came a squeeze in terms of square feet. 

Just four months into that new space, my projects and opportunities had already expanded at a pace faster than I anticipated, thanks to the support and continued growth of the community around me. Because of the lack of sufficient space to accommodate the quantity and diverse sizes of client projects in the studio, I have been in the position of having to turn down work. The lack of space has also been cumbersome in trying to accommodate more dedicated team members who can work alongside me. There is a whole vision for new products and designs I have already began sketching. But the lack of space is stifling them from growing into fruitful, tangible products. 

But with these growing pains comes an opportunity for dreaming bigger. And so I find myself casting out my net once more to find a larger, more dedicated and long-term space that can accommodate the infrastructure of my business as well as its growth.

Our current Nicole Crowder Upholstery Studio on Georgia Avenue, 2019. Photo by Erika Layne
Hans Wegner Shell Chair. Upholstered by Nicole Crowder, December 2018.

For the past few months I have been actively seeking a 1000-1300sq ft ground level space large enough to accommodate the following:

 

- upholstery equipment and supplies

storage for fabric and chairs

- tables for upholstering, cutting and sewing

- a production area to develop and construct new products

- an office are to handle administrative tasks

- space to continue hosting workshops for more members in the community

- showroom to showcase new works and host events.

 

Your Generous Contribution

As a fully self-funded small business, operating from a large commercial space around the District can be an audacious ask with a significant price tag . But I like to lean into the reminder that the universe loves specificity, and so I am reaching out to my wonderful community of friends and supporters (you!) to ask for your help.

 

With your generous monetary support, I will be able to solidify and sustain a multi-year lease where I can continue to expand my business,  and have the infrastructure to continue designing and creating new products. This new space will also provide me the ability to continue teaching upholstery workshops for the community. The asking $30,000 will help to cover the move-in deposit and rent/utility expenses for the first year. Funding will not be used towards any expenses related to client projects or personal expenses.

 

 

Gifts of Gratitude

In return for your generous contribution I am excited to offer several gifts of gratitude, which include custom designed throw pillows, registration that you can use towards a future upholstery workshop, a custom upholstered chair designed by yours truly, and my upcoming Upholstery Guidebook! That's right. For the past year I've been writing and culling information for a comprehensive guide to upholstery around the DMV, and I truly cannot wait to share these custom gifts with you.

Thank you so much in advance for your donations and support.  And if are not able to support monetarily, I am grateful for your shares, retweets, reposts, likes and any help in spreading the word. Thank you again for supporting this business over the past two years, and I look forward to being able to share this future era and future space with you!

Updates

The Project FAQs

Thank you so much and advance for your donations and support.  If you are unable to support monetarily, I am so grateful for your shares, retweets, reposts, likes and help in spreading the word.

 

Thank you again for supporting me and my business the past two years, and I look forward to being able to share this future space with you!

 

For any additional questions regarding the campaign or upholstery, please feel free to e-mail me at crowder.nicole@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Keila H.
06/24/2019
Signed Upholstery Guidebook
$100
Elle VanDyne
06/15/2019
Monetary Contribution
$25
Kat
06/12/2019
Social Media Shout Out
$50
Judith S.
06/11/2019
Signed Upholstery Guidebook
$100
Hannah Giorgis
06/11/2019
Monetary Contribution
$20
06/09/2019
Social Media Shout Out
$40
06/09/2019
Signed Upholstery Guidebook
$100
Danielle K
06/07/2019
Signed Upholstery Guidebook
$100
06/06/2019
Signed Upholstery Guidebook
$100
Rachel J.
06/06/2019
Signed Upholstery Guidebook
$100
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care // Contribute any amount you would like

2 Supporters
Contribute
$40
Social Media Shout Out

You will receive a shout out and thank you in our newsletter and social channels

2 Supporters
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$100
Signed Upholstery Guidebook

We're publishing a book!

Nicole Crowder Upholstery Studio is publishing a Beginners Guide to Upholstery Around the DMV.

We are thrilled to offer a limited edition hard copy trade book, beautifully designed to be your guide for where to source vintage and antique furniture and fabric stores (and hidden gems) around D.C, Maryland and Virginia. The beautifully photographed and illustrated guidebook will also offer tips on everything from how many yards to use for different pieces of furniture, fabrics that are great if you have kids or pets, upholstery tools and where to buy them, and much more.

As a contributor to this campaign, you will be among the first to receive a signed copy with a personalized thank you.

Please note: We ship worldwide. You don't have to be DC based to receive this perk!

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$150
A custom-designed throw pillow

Our team will send you a beautifully designed, custom 22" x 24" throw pillow to add to your home decor.

Please note: We ship worldwide. You don't have to be DC based to receive this perk!

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$400
Private Upholstery Workshop with Nicole

Would like to learn hands-on techniques and tips on reupholstering your chair, but can't make it to a monthly workshop? Enjoy a one-on-one upholstery session with Nicole as she guides you in breaking down and building your upholstery project back up in the comfort of your home or her studio.

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$500
Use Our Studio To Host Your Event

Once our beautiful new studio space is up and running, you can host a one-day event or pop up for yourself or for your company/brand. 

0 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care // Contribute any amount you would like

2 Supporters
Contribute
$40
Social Media Shout Out

You will receive a shout out and thank you in our newsletter and social channels

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
Signed Upholstery Guidebook

We're publishing a book!

Nicole Crowder Upholstery Studio is publishing a Beginners Guide to Upholstery Around the DMV.

We are thrilled to offer a limited edition hard copy trade book, beautifully designed to be your guide for where to source vintage and antique furniture and fabric stores (and hidden gems) around D.C, Maryland and Virginia. The beautifully photographed and illustrated guidebook will also offer tips on everything from how many yards to use for different pieces of furniture, fabrics that are great if you have kids or pets, upholstery tools and where to buy them, and much more.

As a contributor to this campaign, you will be among the first to receive a signed copy with a personalized thank you.

Please note: We ship worldwide. You don't have to be DC based to receive this perk!

31 Left
9 Supporters
Select this reward
$150
A custom-designed throw pillow

Our team will send you a beautifully designed, custom 22" x 24" throw pillow to add to your home decor.

Please note: We ship worldwide. You don't have to be DC based to receive this perk!

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$400
Private Upholstery Workshop with Nicole

Would like to learn hands-on techniques and tips on reupholstering your chair, but can't make it to a monthly workshop? Enjoy a one-on-one upholstery session with Nicole as she guides you in breaking down and building your upholstery project back up in the comfort of your home or her studio.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Use Our Studio To Host Your Event

Once our beautiful new studio space is up and running, you can host a one-day event or pop up for yourself or for your company/brand. 

0 Supporters
Select this reward